John

Pirates Bay Sue IFPI. ARRRRRRRR.

In News on April 16, 2008 at 12:35 pm

In a time when everyone’s running scared of the RIAA, the IFPI and god-knows-what other music entity for downloading music through torrents, Sweden-based Pirates Bay have gone on the offensive. Yep, you read right, mateys–they’re planning to sue the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for blocking access to its website. Man, you gotta love them Pirates.

Picked up from The Register:

In February the IFPI went to court to get Danish ISP Tele2 to block access to the website accusing it of aiding and abetting copyright infringement.

A blog post from one of Pirate Bay’s administrators, Brokep, suggests the organisation will seek damages for the blocking should Tele2 win the ongoing court case. Tele2 is appealing the court’s verdict, but the DNS block remains in place until the case is resolved.

Brokep said the money raised would be used to set up a fund to help aspiring Danish artists.

The amount demanded is not revealed but Brokep writes: “We will demand an amount of cash that we feel will be reasonable (Not counting like Ifpi themselves, we actually understand economy a bit more [sic]).”

On 1 April the IFPI demanded $2.5m from Pirate Bay in damages for compensation for downloads of 24 albums, nine films and four games.

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